Get ready to join the jam

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In case you have somehow missed this news, it’s just over a week until UniSA turns its full attention to a 30 hour online conversation in the 2016 unijam on May 19-20.

UniSA students, staff and alumni are invited to register and share their views. The University has also invited special VIP guests from the community, our research partnerships and education experts to help shape the enterprise.

For anyone looking to register, you can follow the prompts here and be ready to join the discussions between 10:00am on Thursday 19 May and 4:00pm on Friday 20 May.

Back in 2013, UniSA’s inaugural unijam was a world first for any university and Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says he has received lots of questions about why it’s happening again.

“Things are moving at a frantic pace – we’re not only trying to keep up, but to keep ahead,” Prof Lloyd says.

“Sometimes, you have to pause and look around to make sure that you’re heading in the right direction.

“Three years on and mid-way through delivery of our Crossing the Horizon action plan, many of the students and staff who participated have moved on and the world has changed, which is why we are going to jam again.

“In this, our 25th year, it’s an ideal time to reflect, regroup and get ready for the next stage of our journey.”

Prof Lloyd says the University has received an overwhelming response from VIPs including current and former politicians, international leaders in their fields and expert commentators including:

  • Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham - Federal Minister for Higher Education

  • The Hon Christopher Pyne MP - Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

  • The Hon Jay Weatherill - SA Premier

  • Maggie Beer - South Australian icon, cook, food author, restaurateur and food manufacturer

  • Rosie Batty - Former Australian of the Year, domestic violence campaigner, Founder of the Luke Batty Foundation

  • Anthony Finkelstein - UK Chief Scientist

  • Phil Baty - Editor, Times Higher Education World University Rankings

  • The Hon Mike Rann - former South Australian Premier and current Australian Ambassador to Italy

  • Nick Wilson - Managing Director, Hewlett-Packard Enterprises, South Pacific

  • The Hon Kyam Maher MLC - State Minister for Employment; Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation; Manufacturing and Innovation; Science and Information Economy; and Automotive Transformation

  • The Hon Susan Close MP - State Minister for Higher Education and Skills; Education and Child Development

  • Marlee Silva, Co-CEO of AIME Mentoring

Issues up for discussion include:

  • How we can help our graduates to be best placed to get a job in the new economy;

  • How we’ll develop an Education Precinct at our Magill campus – consolidating all of our educational offerings on one site;

  • How we can deliver our digital learning strategy and online education;

  • Our new Research and Innovation Strategic Plan, our research themes, plus how we can build research that is better linked with industry;

  • Our student experience – how we create environments that allow our students to make the most of their university experiences; and

  • How we can work more efficiently and effectively as an organisation – including the implementation of our Enterprise Support Plans.

Many ideas raised in the 2013 unijam were implemented and again this forum will provide a powerful channel for people to share their suggestions, to participate in (or simply observe) meaningful conversations and to make a difference to UniSA’s future.

Some of the ideas implemented from the 2013 unijam include:

  • Our Great Hall, which is currently being built;

  • The UniSA shuttle-bus (Campus Connector between Mawson Lakes and Magill);

  • The University community gardens project;

  • A smoke-free university;

  • The UniSA App for students;

  • Moving to full video recording of lectures; and

  • A range of branded clothing that’s extremely popular with students and staff.

To keep updated on all things unijam and to find out more about how this online conversation will work, visit the unijam website.